Detachable starched collars became commonly worn on men's shirts around 1850. The idea was to present a clean appearance to the world without the expense of laundering the whole shirt. As the century progressed collars rose and fell in height according to the fashion of the time reaching their most extreme height in the Edwardian era at the very beginning of C20th.
Collars are either double or single meaning simply that they are either one layer worn upright or folded over and therefore double. Double collars are normally seen as less formal than the upright single.
Collars are all attached to the shirt by means of two collar studs. The shirts must have the appropriate stud holes on the neckband which match up with those on the collar. One short one at the back and a longer one at the front.
We supply the largest variety of separate collars in the world and have them made in two ways. The starched are the most traditional but must be laundered professionally by a company which still uses the original C19th pressing and finishing machines.
This is increasingly difficult which is why we are offering most of our collars in a washable version. They are still 100% cotton but retain their shape after a standard machine wash.